Icebreaker Cruise and Ice floating in the Arctic Sea from Rovaniemi

Activity Snapshot

Spoken languages: Finnish, Swedish, English
Minimum age: From 1 years-old and up
Cancellation policy: super strict More info
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Activity description

Come aboard on an impressive icebreaker ship for a day on the frozen Bothnian sea. Built in 1976, the Polar Explorer was specially conceived to break through impressively thick ice in Arctic waters; during this trip, you will get to experience the full extent of its motor as it crushes its way into the water.

This tour is scheduled with a pick-up from Rovaniemi and a 2h30 scenic drive to the terminal in the Swedish Lapland. Once at sea, there will be opportunities to disembark and go for a walk on the ice. Survival suits are also provided for those who wish to take a plunge in the freezing pool of water that has been carved out in front of the ship. For the adrenaline junkies, you can even take a swim in your swimsuit - if you dare!

Aboard the ship, you will taste the local flavors and enjoy a delicious 3-course meal (vegetarian options are available) during the cruise, as well as a 10-minute short film about ice breaking. There will also be a guided tour of the vessel, including the engine rooms and the Captain's bridge so you can get a full grasp of what it's like to commandeer this very special kind of ship.

During the rest of the trip, you will be free to relax in the cozy saloon, with hot juice or coffee, and take in the stunning views over the expanse of ice. At the end of your adventure, the captain will present a Cruise & Swim Certificate to everyone as a memorable gift.

This is a truly unique cruise, and a real must when visiting Lapland. Book your adventure today and prepare to experience the icebreakers in Lapland!

Course of events

The start time of the cruise is 10:00 or 13:00. Kindly note that pick-up starts 2h30 before the start time of the cruise. 

Upon booking, please indicate where you would like to be picked up from:

Morning cruise (10:00) pick-up is as follows: 
06.25 from Santa Sport hotel
06.35 from Arctic Treehouse hotel
06.45 from Santa Claus Holiday Village
07.00 from Rovaniemi Tourist information (Koskikatu 12)
07.10 from Rovaniemi Train station

Afternoon cruise (13:00) pick-up is as follows:

10.25 from Santa Sport hotel
10.35 from Arctic Treehouse Hotel
10.45 from Santa Claus Holiday Village
11.00 from Rovaniemi Tourist information (Koskikatu 12)
11.10 from Rovaniemi Train station

Activity requirements

All ages are welcome aboard the boat. In order to swim, children must be of 125 cm of over (4ft).

Special terms

The Polar Explorer Icebreaker Cruise’s departure terminal is located in Swedish Lapland, only 40 km away from the Finnish border. Pick-up will be offered from Rovaniemi in a shuttle bus. 

* Please be advised that you should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours directly from the Cruise Provider. This email is necessary in order to ensure your departure. All the information regarding the meeting time, meeting location and itinerary will be found on this email. If you haven't received it, please contact Polar Explorer Ice Breaker Cruise. 

  • Cruise
  • Hot drinks and snacks
  • Survival Suits
  • Film in icebreaker
  • Three-course meal
  • Souvenir photo (additional cost)
Do not forget to bring
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm clothes
  • Boots, hat and gloves
  • Camera
  • Identification Document (ID)
100% secure payments
by credit card or Paypal
Meeting point
Check pickup locations/times, otherwise meet at Rovaniemi Tourism Information: Koskikatu 12, 96200 Rovaniemi, Finland Get directions

Cancellation policy

Cancellation 90 days or more prior to the agreed activity date
You will be automatically refunded for the full amount for the activity
90 days
Cancellation between 60 and 90 days prior to the agreed activity date
You are entitled to a 75% refund
60 days
Cancellation between 30 and 60 days prior to the agreed activity date
You are entitled to a 50% refund
30 days
Cancellation 30 days or later prior to the agreed activity date
No refund will be possible
Weather Guarantee
Regardless of the date, if the activity is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, you will be offered a refund or the chance to reschedule